Most women are told they are not sick by friends, family, and doctors, BUT it can be a relief to be told you are sick. Chances are, you never heard of HG. If you have, perhaps what you read or was told was too academic, and you could not understand.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a disease of pregnancy marked by relentless nausea and/or vomiting and sensory sensitivity. This unit breaks down some important facts, so YOU can be aware and take control of your pregnancy and this disease.
HG can cause rapid weight loss, dehydration, malnutrition, and other serious complications. Severe and/or untreated HG puts the current and future health and wellbeing of both mother and baby at risk.
HG is a complex disease whose causes are not yet fully understood. Research has found that family history is one piece of the puzzle. If your mother, aunt, grandmother, or sister experienced HG, you are more likely to suffer from it. We also know that HG recurs in more than 75% of mothers. HER Foundation research is unraveling the genetics.
WHAT HG IS NOT
It is not psychological or your fault or based on actions. In your genes.HG is one of the most misunderstood medical problems of pregnancy - despite being the leading cause of hospitalization during early pregnancy, and second only to preterm labor as the leading cause of hospitalization throughout pregnancy. Few health professionals are experienced in proactive management of more severe HG, necessitating a change in doctors or consultations with perinatologists for effective management.
Head over to the welcome video by Kimber MacGibbon, Executive Director and Co-Founder at the HER Foundation!